One Day at a Time is a motto for many. And it’s a great motto.
But it finally occurred to me that I have been living “One Day at a Time” in all the wrong ways.
How many times have I visited the Canton Buffet or the Grand Buffet and said, “Tomorrow I’ll start eating right, therefore today, I’m going to have one last hurrah”?
How many times have I said, “Tomorrow, I’ll start getting up earlier. So, just for today, I’m going to sleep in and get one last lounge”?
How many times have I said, “Next Saturday I’ll clean out the garage, so just for today, I’m going to get some rest and relaxation”?
How many times have I said, “Tomorrow night I’m going to really get after working on my latest project, so just for today I’m going to play the Wii and watch my favorite movie”?
How many times have I said, “Tomorrow I’m going to get some real work done, so just for today I’m going to spend some time surfing the internet”
And sadly, how many times have I said, “Tomorrow I’ll spend some time talking with my wife and playing games with my kids, so just for today, I’m going to have personal time to do what I really want to do”?
It seems I have been living my life one day at a time, but going in the wrong direction. If I keep one-day-at-a-timing it this way, I’m going to be in real trouble.
You know, I don’t have to manage my time well tomorrow. I don’t have to make healthy decisions tomorrow. I don’t have spend time with my wife and kids tomorrow. I don’t have to get any work done tomorrow. I just need to do all that today. If I keep living like this every day, then all of my days will string together and I will have lived an excellent life.
So how are you doing today?
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Thanks Mike. I love everything Franklin Covey.